Master Trainer Training Day 3

Wednesday’s Agenda

  • Group training designs

On Monday of this week we were divided into three groups of six participants. Each group selected a topic to create a one-hour training session. All of the information that we learn this week is geared to help us with the design of this session so that we can put the theories immediately into practice.

I purposely selected a group that was not focusing on technology training. I wanted to stretch out of the area where I normally do most of my training. My group was initially the “staff training group” and we eventually settled on the topic of stress management for our one-hour presentation.

My other group members are all from smaller, public library systems. It was interesting to hear the challenges they face in their roles and systems.

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We spent today in our groups working on our design, visual aids, and doing run throughs of our presentations. One lucky group gave their presentation today. The other two groups give their presentations tomorrow. This training is mentally exhausting. When I travel I bring books to read and always have the best intentions of catching up on email and other tasks that I don’t have time to do at home. I find though that I am too tired to read or think about anything after the end of a long day. Tomorrow will be even longer as we have to give our presentations, sit through training, then drive home!

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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